Sun Odyssey 440
- Build year:2019
- Length:44 ft
- Boat type:Sailing Yacht
- Mainsail:Full battened
- Genoa type:Furling
On the Balearic island of Majorca (Mallorca), Palma de Mallorca is a city that has a 2,100-year history even as it rejoices in the tourist trade of today.
Much of the fun to be had in the city today is in the Old Town, centerd on the Gothic La Seu cathedral. For those after a culture fix, you will not be disappointed - very like Barcelona, it has a Ramblas where you will find much to absorb and enjoy. This was built on a dried-up riverbed in the 19th Century.
The city was originally founded by the Romans in around 102 BC, and called Palmaria - from which the modern name now stems. Much of the original city is buried but every time there is a new development (not unlike London in England) there are interesting finds from the past.
Several empires have had control of Palma over the centuries including the Arabs, British and of course the Spanish. You will see La Seu Cathedral and Bellver Castle that have watched over the city for hundreds of years.
Since the 1960s, Palma has been a byword for Balearic fun and relaxation. The biggest city in the Balearics it is the regional capital too, overseeing the governance of the other islands of Menorca, Formentera and Ibiza.
Palma has managed to avoid the over development and retains an atmosphere that many call the 'most cosmopolitan in Spain'. As such it is a fun place to start your Mallorca yacht charter.
On a Palma yacht charter, you can explore the coastline of the biggest island in the Balearics or do a bit of island-hopping. Majorca has a lot to offer and is moving away from its package vacation image as more attractions are recognised and invested in. You can go hiking in Mondrago National Park, and enjoy a bit of the 14km long Alcudia sandy beach all to yourself.
White sandy beaches are one of the biggest draws to Majorca, and on your sailing vacation, you will be able to get to a sandy beach or two that can't be accessed from shore.
For a bit of coastal walking, you shouldn't miss nearby Cala Figuera. Cala d'Or, close to Portocolom on the SE coast of Mallorca is in direct translation 'the Golden Bay' - boating heaven of golden beaches and great natural wealth. This is a vacation resort that is relaxed and family-oriented, it is worthy of an afternoon's enjoyment as you explore the island.
Just ten miles off the south-east coast of Majorca is the uninhabited Cabrera Island. This almost barren island has a very rich marine ecosystem and a range of animals and plants that will bewitch you as you sit and absorb it all. Mallorcans are said to escape here to avoid the tourists at home!
Less than a day's sail away to the west is the hippy island of Ibiza with your choice of secluded coves, riotous partying and beautiful beaches and alternative culture that rivals Glastonbury or San Francisco. Out to the east, you can explore Menorca that has much the same on offer as Majorca but in microcosm.
With two million passengers passing through the airport every year, Palma Airport is one of the busiest on the Mediterranean Sea. It is a short bus ride or taxi from Palma's two main marinas.
There are two major marinas serving Palma - the smaller Palma Cuarentena has 70 berths and is in the city itself. Meanwhile, the much larger Port Adriano outside of Palma is 33km from Palma Airport. Both have charter yacht companies offering luxury yacht, monohull sailing yacht, superyacht, catamaran and motor yacht charters on a bareboat charter or captained yacht charter basis as a day charter or longer.
Palma Cuarentena Marina:
Max Length 70m (229 Feet)
Max Draught 6m (19.7 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, recycling and waste, laundry, changing rooms, fuel, ship repair, bar and restaurant.
Max Length 80m (262 Feet)
Max Draught 7m (23 Feet)
List of additional services: Shore power, water, WiFi, recycling and waste, laundry, changing rooms, fuel, ship repair, market, bar and restaurant, ATM.
On a week-long boat rental trip, you can circumnavigate Majorca while on a longer trip you can explore the other Balearic Islands.
7 days - Clockwise around Majorca: With Palma itself the second to last day of the trip, you head out of Port Adriano and head to Soller for the first day, Pollenca the next before Cala Ratjada and Cala d'Or. You will spend the night on Cabrera Island before heading to Palma itself for the final day and returning to port for handover.
14 days - Ibiza and Mallorca: This is an opportunity to experience the two main climates of the Balearic Islands. Ibiza is the most southerly of the islands and has a south-east breeze that many find the best sailing on the Med. The northeast breeze dominates Mallorca and you will experience this for the first week as you head clockwise around the island before crossing to Ibiza, spending a night in Ibiza Town, the sheltered bays of Formentera and then San Antonio on your return leg before heading across to Port Adriano.
The sailing season in the Balearic Islands is best from May to October. The major party towns heat up to a full frenzy in June to August. It is very much down to what you want from a sailing vacation in the islands - if partying all night is on the cards, the top DJs will hit the region in that time. If the quiet life is what you seek, then do try to get out during term time - the sea is still warm in September and October, though the infamous Tramontana starts to be more frequent at this time of year, as it eases off in early May.
The northeast breeze common to coastal Mediterranean France dominates Majorca, a cool relief from the summer heat. It never really gets above 17 knots or so so there will be some boisterous sailing but never more than is fun. You will see more precipitation towards the beginning and end of the sailing season (May and October) but the temperatures rarely stray below 15-17 degrees during those times. In the height of summer (July/August), it isn't as hot as mainland Spain, though you will see the odd few days in the 30+ C range. For Northern Europeans and those from other cooler climates, this makes for fantastic sailing!
The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a captain, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.
Palma Cuarentena Marina is in the center of the city close to the old town. It is smaller than nearby Port Adriano - 30km down the coast this is the main marina serving Palma de Mallorca.
July and August are the busiest months but September retains the warmth of the sea and air. Why not then go sailingafter school vacations begin?
You will typically pay 50% up front on reservation the yacht rent and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.
If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company.
You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat rental before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool on most evenings.
If you want to sail without a captain then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a captained on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.
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